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MPI UK & Ireland to host boot camp to support Meeting Planners attain coveted CMP credentials

Efforts by the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter to enhance event planner education and competitiveness have been praised by London and Partners today. MPI will be staging the UK's first ever boot camp to support people working in the meetings industry to gain the long established and internationally recognised Certified Meeting Professional designation. The camp takes place at ExCel London on 23rd and 24th September and signs look positive for a well-attended first boot camp.

Tracy Halliwell, MBE and Director of Major Events & Business Tourism has praised the work that has already gained significant interest from corporate planners "The CMP designation represents one of the few recognised standards of excellence in today's meetings and events industry and London & Partners are delighted that MPI UK & Ireland will be delivering a credible and established programme of continuing education for experienced event professionals. Any initiative that increases the gravitas of event professionals alongside other communication specialists is to be applauded and will only serve to further enhance the reputation of the UK as a premier event destination."

The boot camp which has been championed by Liz Rice, VP for Certification on the MPI UK & Ireland Board of Directors will be an intensive two days of specialist education for people working in the meetings industry. The mix of content will include strategic planning, project management, financial and risk management, marketing, site selection, event design and will enable planners to gain valuable Continuing Education (CE) credits as well as apply and prepare for the CMP exam.

Beri Kockaya, event manager for ICSC Europe and Deputy VP of Certification on the MPI UK& Ireland Board has already attained her CMP and believes there are real career and business benefits to be gained "The CMP is an excellent opportunity to learn, consolidate and improve on your existing knowledge of the meetings industry. The designation has helped to add value to my work as a Meeting Professional as it taught me a wide range of topics including the way in which I think strategically about my meeting's objectives, budget or the ROI, whilst simultaneously adding value to the company I represent. I would highly recommend the CMP for anyone that wants build on their education and gain an internationally recognised designation through this certification programme".

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